The small SUV is the first ever Mazda car to be built using its new Skyactiv technology, a name used to describe lighter materials, more efficient engines and new transmissions as the Japanese manufacturer strives to cut CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy in its range.
In keeping with this, the Mazda CX-5 SUV will boast two new Skyactiv engines in the shape of a 2.0-litre petrol engine and 2.2-litre diesel unit.
The latter delivers CO2 emissions below 120g/km, says Mazda, which also plans to introduce Skyactiv engines into the likes of the Mazda2 and Mazda3 to make them road tax and congestion charge free.
The lightweight materials used in the build and tuned chassis are also helped by improvements to both manual and automatic transmissions to improve fuel economy and environmental performance further.
The Mazda CX-5, which is smaller than the Mazda CX-7 SUV, also looks different from any other Mazda that has gone before.
This is because an entirely new design language has been created for the model, including a completely revamped front end and a higher quality interior specification.
Named ‘Kodo’, the design language experienced a successful unveiling towards the end of 2010 when it was showcased in the stunning Mazda Shinari supercar concept.
It was followed by the Mazda Minagi concept launched at the beginning of this year, a concept that inspired the full production version of the CX-5.
The Mazda CX-5 is a new era for the Japanese car maker, and the technology used in its creation will lead to more efficient cars across the range.
It will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 13 September and the first models are expected to arrive in UK showrooms as early as 2012.